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  • Updated: November 13, 2023

Why Nigeria adopts digital technology, clean energy investments — VP Shettima

Why Nigeria adopts digital technology, clean energy investme

Nigeria's Vice President, Kashim Shettima, has revealed why the country is adopting digital technology and clean energy investments to diversify its economy.

Shettima said while oil revenue was declining, there was need to diversify to other areas in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's climate objectives for Nigeria.

The vice president made this known on Monday when he received Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Mr. Dan Jorgensen, at the presidential villa.

“We are facing challenges but where there is a will, there is a way. 

"The President is a man imbued with passion, intellect and capacity to lead the nation on the path of prosperity and progress. 

"He really wants to bring a new lease of life to the Nigerian nation because if Nigeria works, Africa works.

“Oil will still be relevant because of its other derivatives for the next decades but as the primary driver of the economy, the role of oil will diminish in the coming years. 

"This is why it is a priority for us to think out of the box to find alternatives. 

"This is why we are looking for investments in digital technology, clean energy and other sectors. 

"We have a lot of opportunities for partnership and collaboration," the vice president said.
Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to President Tinubu on Media and Communications, Vice President's office, made this known in a statement on Monday.

According to Nkwocha, the vice president noted that Nigeria's population has huge potential to transform African, adding that Africa's transformation would be faster through green and sustainable energy. 

"Once there is sustainable energy, the people of the continent will key into Africa’s development aspirations.

"So, I will solicit your understanding and support to save Africa,” he added, 
Shettima further commended Denmark for its leading role in global climate action, while soliciting for their support.

On his part, the Danish Minister, expressed his satisfaction with Nigeria's leadership and commitment to climate sustainability.
"We cherish the relationship between Denmark and Nigeria very highly. 

"We are extremely impressed with the agenda of the new administration. 

"You are showing leadership in the way you are facing the challenges of your country," Jorgensen said.

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